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Land Mullet (Egernia major), Queensland, Australia by Adrian Paul
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Egernia major, also known as Land Mullet, is one of the largest members of the skink family (Scincidae).

The species may reach total lengths of up to 60 cm. They are uniform glossy black to brown, with a paler ring around the eye. Their colour, along with their large size, allow them to maintain a body temperature of 30 degrees Celsius; they spend much of the day basking in the sun

The unusual name comes from the pungent, fishy odour emitted when threatened

Native to Australia, they are generally restricted to the rainforest of south-eastern Australia The range of natural distribution is the northern side of the Hawkesbury River in the south, to the Conondale Range, near Maleny in south eastern Queensland.

The species favours habitat with many fallen logs, and it remains in close proximity to these. The restricted sunlight of the forest type require a number of baking sites to be available. It is less frequently found in other types of environs, such as the open eucalypt woodland of the region

Taken in Lamington National Park, Queensland

Camera – Nikon D80; Lens – Tamron 28 – 300 VC

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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Well caught Adrian !
    That’s a big Skink, it’s about twice the size of my Eastern Water Skinks.

  • Thanks Trish. Big skink with a big stink!

    – Adrian Paul

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